Pope Francis Criticizes Capitalism

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“Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.”

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Teens Now Say Facebook is a ‘Social Burden,’ Study Finds

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Photo courtesy of ComputerParenting.com


Teens are actually getting fed up with Facebook, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The study surveyed 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 last September about their Facebook use. An article was written about the report’s findings by the Huffington Post on May 21 of this year.

The report’s findings are no doubt troubling to Facebook, given that the teen demographic has long been crucial to its massive success. The root of the “problem” (which is most likely what Facebook’s investors are calling it) is spelled out thus in the report of the study:

“Facebook has become a ‘social burden‘ for teens. While Facebook is still deeply integrated in teens’ everyday lives, it is sometimes seen as a utility and an obligation rather than an exciting new platform that teens can claim as their own. Facebook, teens say, has been overrun by parents, fuels unnecessary social “drama” and gives a mouthpiece to annoying oversharers who drone on about inane events in their lives.”

The Huffington Post summed up another important part of the study:

They’re deleting, lying and blocking- Some three-quarters of Facebook users have purged friends on Facebook, 58 percent have edited or deleted content they’ve shared and 26 percent have tried to protect their privacy by sharing false information. Among all teens online (not just Facebook users), 39 percent have lied about their age.”

Another interesting find of the Pew study is that the typical teen has approximately 300 Facebook “friends.” But exactly who are these friends? Well, seventy percent of teens are friends with their parents, 30 percent are friends with teachers or coaches, and 33 percent are friends with people they’ve never met in person.

In some ways, the results are surprising- most people, teens and adults alike, have Facebook pages. In fact, a majority of the teens in the study, including those that complained about the site, still maintain pages on it. Some said that they continue using the site because they want to stay up on the social scene. Yet, as the study clearly shows, a large portion of their Facebook social circles are not real-life friends. A second possible reason for continued use of the site, though not suggested in the report, could be peer-pressure. Teens are very sensitive to what their peers say and do, and feel that if they don’t follow the crowd, they will be socially penalized by way of bullying or simple exclusion from peer activities, such as parties and dating.

To adults who have either never used the site, have an account but use it rarely, or have had accounts and deleted them, the news comes as no surprise. These adults often give the same reasons as the teens in the study for their own lack of interest in Facebook. Which begs the question- is Facebook just a failed social experiment, or is it here to stay? It seems society (and the social media industry) has yet to fully understand the human mind enough to properly predict how it will respond to new technology. After all, we didn’t exactly evolve to meet and interact with each other using machines.

A New Kind of Company: B Corporations

Peeled Snacks is a B Company- photo courtesy of emily-malloy.com

Peeled Snacks is a B Corporation- photo courtesy of emily-malloy.com

From Inc.com: 

The B Corporation- (The B stands for “beneficial.”) To become a certified B Corporation, a company must consider the interests of employees, the community, and the environment instead of worrying solely about shareholders. Those amendments, according to B Lab, will let entrepreneurs like Hannigan take on outside investors without worrying that their values will be compromised. “For us, this is a huge step forward,” says Hannigan, whose company recently became one of about two dozen certified B Corporations.

For more, go to Inc.com, then come back and tell me what you think! Do you think this is just a temporary trend, or will it last? Will it catch on, or is American society too obsessed with profit to take it seriously? 

Why Do You Blog?

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Hey everyone! I started blogging about two months ago. Since, then, I’ve noticed that there seem to be several reasons people blog. Some use their blogs as a sort of online diary or journal. Some use it to show off talents in cooking and recipes, photography, clothing design, etc. Some use it to discuss religious beliefs and ideas. And then there are those, such as myself, who use blogging as a way to communicate, educate, inform, and spread ideas that we feel are important to society and culture.
Recently, I’ve come across a different sort- blogs that are geared towards profit, as well as offering training/advice for those who wish to do the same. These blogs tend to have a corporate feel, and usually feature several advertisements.
So what do you guys think? No doubt you’ve seen these blogs- how do you feel about them? Do you read them?

On Nature and Money…

Photo Courtesy of Grant Simon Rogers

Photo Courtesy of Grant Simon Rogers

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.” ~Cree Indian Proverb

This is What Rupert Murdoch & News Corp Owns

From Columbia Journalism Review:

As of February 2013
Rupert Murdoch,  Chairman and Chief Exec of News Corporation- Photo courtesy of TVTropes.org

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Exec of News Corporation- Photo courtesy of TVTropes.org

FOX News ChannelFOX Business NetworkFOX College SportsFox DeportesFox Movie ChannelFox Pan American Sports (33%)Fox Regional Sports NetworksFOX Soccer ChannelFOX Sports EnterprisesFOX Sports NetBig Ten Network (49%)FSNFUEL TVFXNat Geo Wild (71%)National Geographic Channel United States (71%)SPEEDSTARStats, Inc. (50%)YES network (49%)Fox Television StationsWAGA (Atlanta)KTBC (Austin)WUTB (Baltimore)WFXT (Boston)WFLD (Chicago)WPWR (Chicago)KDFW (Dallas)KDFI (Dallas)WJBK (Detroit)KRIV (Houston)KTXH (Houston)KTTV (Los Angeles)KCOP (Los Angeles)WHBQ (Memphis)KMSP (Minneapolis)WFTC (Minneapolis)WNYW (New York City)WWOR (New Jersey)WOGX (Ocala-Gainesville)WRBW (Orlando)WOFL (Orlando)WTXF (Philadelphia)KUTP (Phoenix)KSAZ (Phoenix)WTVT (Tampa Bay)WTTG (Washington D.C.)WDCA (Washington D.C.)Satellite TelevisionBSkyB (39%)FOXTEL (25%)Sky Deutschland (49.9%)SKY ItaliaSky Network Television Limited (44%)TATA Sky (29.8%)International Television StationsFOX Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin AmericaFOX CRIME Europe and AsiaFOX LIFE Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin AmericaFOX MOVIES Asia and Middle EastFOX NEXT EuropeFOX RETRO Europe and AfricaFOX SPORTS Europe, Africa, and Latin AmericaFOX

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